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IFBB Amateur, Continues to Embrace ‘Anti-Doping’ Policy

IFBB Amateur, Continues to Embrace ‘Anti-Doping’ Policy

Just a few weeks ago, an anti-doping seminar was held by the IFBB in Oslo, Norway. The event was led by Professor Mauricio de Arruda Campos, chairman of the IFBB Anti-Doping Committee. Though well intentioned, this embrace of an anti-doping policy is a micro example of an issue within ‘socialist’ societies (including the US,) such as those of Norway and neighboring Sweden. Often in exchange for the many positive outcomes the concept of socialism can have, it’s also necessary to accept a certain amount of negative as well. Usually, the added cost is well worth it to live in a civil society, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues of overreach, etc. that become possible when the government isn’t fairly balanced or misrepresents the population from which it is an extension.

While it’s one thing to have laws that don’t aim to promote the use of performance enhancing drugs, places such as Sweden take it to an extreme. For example, arrest and drug testing by police just based on the way someone looks is entirely legal. Officers are known to enter gyms, actively seeking what they perceive to be steroid users. It’s in Sweden IFBB Pro Toney Freeman was arrested due to his muscular appearance. Although Toney was able to get away on a technicality because he had a legal HRT prescription, the events demonstrated how power that is thought to be justified by positive intentions, often can, in reality, lead to negative and unnecessary consequences.

For these reasons, it is of some concern to see steroid propaganda perpetuated by the IFBB Amateur. Not only is it hypocritical of the organization, but it’s a misuse of the little influence it does have, as not only does it ignore a reality of the sport and sports in general at an elite level, but it hurts athletes in the process.

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Starting with Ben Weider’s initial push, the sport of bodybuilding’s had an identity crisis; desperately wanting to be accepted by the Olympics, in pursuit of attaining its perception of ‘mainstream’ status. However, in its blind pursuit, bodybuilding has ignored the ever-changing world around it.

Rather than develop the sports and organizations that choose to enter the games, the Olympics have abused them only for self-gain. So why does bodybuilding still aspire for this, to the point it’s trying to present itself as something it’s clearly not? If the Olympic’s negative fiscal impact on the countries in which the games take place wasn’t enough; sports such as wrestling and its representative body FILA have already demonstrated how little value the Olympics offer an individual sport, especially in comparison to their assumed value.

Bodybuilding, in the words of Vince Vaughn ‘is so money and it doesn’t even know it.’ It’s a cool sport, one which is unique in that all others can draw lessons from and apply them to their own training. However, instead of embracing this role as pioneers, the leaders of bodybuilding won’t accept the sport for what it is first. It’s as if bodybuilding was the nerd in high school, who has become very wealthy and or attractive; yet still is infatuated with their high school crush. Since then, however, this crush has become a fat loser, but due to the dated and irrational infatuation remaining from the previously held perception of value, bodybuilding’s unable to recognize this transformation.

Every day the public becomes increasingly educated and aware of the world around them. Events such as Lance Armstrong’s saga have started a shift in the public’s conscious, creating an opportunity to recognize and embrace the realities of the 21st century. Rather than continue to perpetuate a false image based on ignorance, the IFBB Amateur should take notes from the American NPC and remain indifferent on the subject. These policies are well intended, but it’s important to recognize the ignorance that is perpetuated in response, within the sport of bodybuilding and beyond.

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